Search for a Sailboat
Sunday October 28
By: Robert Tongen
It was just Joe Barrett, Peter O'Sullivan and I launching from Kiddie Beach in Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard at 9:00 this morning. There was only a slight breeze and clearing skies.

We decided to search the harbor for CKF member John Peterson's beautiful wooden sailboat, the "Minke". We have noticed that it is not in it's usual slip for several weeks. It is easy to spot because the mast is wood and it leans back toward the stern. We paddled the entire harbor, but did not spot it. There was lots of speculation of where it would have gone, but not facts.

The only highlight was when Peter spotted a fully intact shell of a large lobster. The body must have been more than 18 inches long. Peter demonstrated his knowledge by pointing out this was a male, explaining how one can tell. All the antenna were also intact. We speculated that it had molted, but wondered why it would be so far back in the harbor.

Few boats were moving.

As we were cleaning up, CKF member, Terry Sobolewski, stopped to say hello and explained that a bad back has and is keeping her from paddling. We noticed the couple from Pasadena that show up often, her to paddle the harbor on a Hobie stand up pedal board and he paddle to the Hueneme Buoy and Pier in a sit in kayak, were now both on stand up pedal boards.

That is the way it was this Sunday before Halloween 2018.

Robert Tongen reporting.
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